By Geoff Boucher

Darkseid, the most cosmic character in the eight-decade publishing history of DC Comics, is finally coming to the big screen in the upcoming live-action Warner Bros film The New Gods, according to tweets by the project’s director, Ava DuVernay (Selma, A Wrinkle in Time).

That’s big news for comics fans who known Darkseid as the DC Universe equivalent to Darth Vader and The Emperor from Star Wars both rolled up into one towering tyrant. Darkseid is often cited as a direct influence on the creation of Darth Vader, the iconic screen villain introduced by George Lucas six years after Darkseid debuted in classic New Gods stories by comics titan Jack Kirby, who had already co-created the Avengers, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four at that point.

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